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Rising Above Our Own Point of View to Create Engagement

March 7, 2019 Joe Mechlinski

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We live in a society that tells people it’s okay to be self-centered and constantly worried about our own feelings. 

This doesn’t make people happier. If anything, it closes us off and prevents us from trying to engage other people. 

Nobody stops to consider that we’d all be happier if we took the initiative to rise above our current situation and tap into the worlds of other people. If we can become the coach, the person who manages the flow of the surrounding energy, we can learn things about ourselves from others. 

These are the connections that would truly make a difference in making us more engaged with family, our community, and ourselves.

With our corporate clients, experience has taught us that a change of perspective can lead to a change in perception. The National Federation of the Blind, which is located in Baltimore, has an exercise where they blindfold visitors for three hours and challenge them to handle everyday tasks. 

After about thirty minutes of suffering through this sensory deprivation, the other senses kick in and become amplified. Suddenly, you can hear everything. Objects feel differently when you touch them. You can sense when people pass in front of you or are approaching from behind.

The experience allows one to appreciate not only how blind people manage to get through life, but also how a musician like Beethoven used his handicap of becoming deaf to become one of the greatest composers of all time. It’s no coincidence that some of the great entrepreneurs are learning-disabled. 

The process of overcoming the obstacle and finding a workaround has allowed them to discover fresh ways of looking at how we live.

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